We’ve owned our store, Hawk’s Hometown Flooring, now for almost three years. In those three years, most of the people we’ve dealt with have been super nice. We’ve only encountered a couple rumps along the way, thank God!
Recently, I’ve been dealing with the sweetest little older lady. She has the sweetest, kind of high pitched, little old lady voice. She loves to talk, and laugh a lot. We’ve become buddies, and I’m certainly glad, because we’ve had a tough time getting the product they want, and have had to put them off several times.
One day she called me to check in on things and began to tell me that she had had an ordeal with the newspaper. She went on to say that before her conversation was over, she told the person from the newspaper that she sucked, and that their newspaper sucked too! She ended the conversation by saying ” Y’all ALL suck!”
I was laughing my head off! She told me, “I normally don’t use words like that, but that was the truth!” Which made me laugh even harder. Then she said, “It felt so good to say that! I don’t know if I’ve ever felt that good!”
When I had to call her after that, to tell her it would be yet another week before her flooring came in; I told her I was terrified to call her because I didn’t want her telling me “You suck!” We had a good laugh.
You know, sin feels good doesn’t it? If you think about things that are sins, most of them feel good. The thing is, that “feel good” is only temporary. When the feeling is gone, you’re left with emptiness.
When I look back at what I used to think was fun, drinking, drugs, sex outside marriage; I realize that I was only getting a temporary fix, to fill a void. Don’t get me wrong, I had some good times, with good friends, but that kind of fun is a waste of time, eternally speaking.
Now, I have more fun than I used to have, and its good, clean fun! And when I’m having fun with people, I’m making bonds. True, godly friendships that mean so much more than just a good time. My parties are way different now, but so much more fun!
My little buddy’s story was just a funny story to illustrate a point. I’m in no way judging her, I lose my cool more than I should! It’s just so much funnier from a little old lady who “normally doesn’t use words like that”.
Everyone makes mistakes, but when you’re tempted by sin, think before you act. Will that temporary pleasure be worth all the guilt you’ll feel later? Will that temporary pleasure be worth hurting other people? Will that temporary pleasure be worth hurting the One who loves you the most? It hurts our Heavenly Father when we sin. Is anything worth that?
We’re all tempted, but God’s word says that He’ll always provide a way out for us! *Any temptation you face will be nothing new. But God is faithful, and He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can handle. But He always provides a way of escape so that you will be able to endure and keep moving forward. 1 Corinthians 10:13